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Could climate prove a change too far for Obama? March 7, 2009

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Could climate prove a change too far for Obama?

From YahooNews, March 7, 2009

PARIS (AFP) – European enthusiasm for President Barack Obama’s ambitious programme of US renewal does not hide deep uncertainty over the likelihood of his delivering on measures to combat climate change.

Nine months from UN talks in Denmark, where world leaders will try to wrap up agreement on a new global climate change treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012, there are real fears that events may conspire against Obama.

The depth of the disaster that has befallen the US economy in particular — witness Friday’s announcement of over 650,000 jobs lost in February alone — and the difficulties Obama has faced getting Congress to greenlight his rescue plans underscore significant obstacles ahead.

Besides, given the US failure to meet its Kyoto commitments — the protocol was signed by Bill Clinton’s administration in 1997 but subsequently rejected by Senate — European partners retain bitter memories of promises broken.

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$600 million Kyoto slug – thanks, Kevin November 17, 2008

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$600 million Kyoto slug – thanks, Kevin

From the Australian Conservative, November 17, 2008

Australian Conservative has been warning that, based on the New Zealand experience, Australia was being set up for a massive bill because PM Kevin Rudd signed the Kyoto Protocol.

Mark Henderson looked at the potential cost to Australia for signing something that won’t achieve anything.

Today comes this news from Bloomberg:

Twenty nations including Japan, Italy and Australia may be releasing more greenhouse-gas pollution than they agreed to under the Kyoto treaty to curb global warming.

Australia, which only ratified Kyoto in 2007, will need credits to cover 20.6 million tons a year, at an estimated annual cost of 325 million euros, based on the CER price. Japan, which New Carbon Finance predicts will need 587 million credits, says new energy-efficiency policies will help the nation meet its target.

That’s a price of more than $600 million.

Yet another example of the hard-earned government surplus built up by messers Howard and Costello being frittered away by the Australian Labor Party as they spend like drunken sailors.

Look where 13 years of ALP rule in New South Wales has left the once-premier state. The basket case of Australia.


Kyoto ‘a waste of time’ say half of Australians October 14, 2008

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Kyoto ‘a waste of time’ say half of Australians

From News.com.au, October 14, 2008

  • Aussies voice opinion on Kyoto Protocol signing
  • news.com.au survey reveals Kyoto scepticism
  • “Too late” to save polar bears – survey

ALMOST half of Australians believe the signing of the Kyoto Protocol – a cornerstone of Kevin Rudd’s election campaign – was a waste of time.

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Support for Global Warming Alarmism Continues to Wane October 13, 2008

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Support for Global Warming Alarmism Continues to Wane

From Climate Change Fraud, October 9, 2008

Around the world, controversy over climate change continues to grow. Contrary to what the politicians tell us, there is no consensus of scientific thought on whether there is a man-made component to global warming. The science is certainly not settled.

As alarmists continue to push government policies to restrict energy use and the burning of fossil fuels in order to prevent “catastrophic” warming, the world continues to cool. That is leading to increasing suspicion that the call to sacrifice living standards in order to “save the planet” is just political spin designed to persuade the public to accept green taxes and regulations.

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From energy efficiency to war: thinktank sees 2030 climate future October 13, 2008

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From energy efficiency to war: thinktank sees 2030 climate future

Reduce your carbon emisions or face war!

Reduce your carbon emissions or face war!

PARIS (AFP) – The challenge posed by climate change could be resolved by a peaceful switch to a low-carbon economy, or alternatively inflict stresses that could include war and desertification of swathes of the US and Australia, a thinktank said on Monday.

The provocative report is published by a British NGO, Forum for the Future, which carries out strategic analysis on sustainable development on behalf of business.

It sketches a wide range of social consequences from today’s global warming crisis, derived from published studies and consultations with more than 60 climate-change specialists. It is published in collaboration with the technology giant HP.

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